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It was a hard night…

Dear all,
imagine, you work for your dream project all your life, ups and downs on the way, but you never give up and finally…you are only 90 nautical miles away from the finish line after passing 24’000 miles in toughest conditions…and murphy’s law kicks into your destiny!
This happened last night to our Trans-Ocean e.V. member Boris Herrmann when he smashed into a Fishing Trawler for whatever reasons while participating in the Vendee Globe – the ultimate race for sailors around the globe.
It is heartbreaking but the good news is that nobody got injured during this disaster and he could still finish the race on his own but became only 5th on the ranking while he was fighting for ultimate victory before the crash happened.
In any case Boris has writing sailing history and took us on an 81 days journey around the world with perfect media presentation. Well done. Thank you!
Fair winds…
Bernd

Flensburg – Architecture

Fresh fish – turbot

Dear all,
the fisherman moored at around 9am and we were a queue of about 10 customers. He did not catch too much and restricted first in the queue from buying the whole catch of the day with the argument that he needs to distribute among all of us! 😅
I was fourth in the row and got a turbot, which was my preference, right size for one person. As the fish was the main part of the dish I opted for baking it in the oven together with some sweet potatoes and bell pepper vegetables. There was some cod, herring and plaices but turbot is a noble fish with a slightly sweet and nutty taste. It was delicious.
Fair winds…
Bernd

Early morning – freezing

 
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Dear all,
I am waiting for the fisherman to bring fresh fish. Every Sat and Sun there is one fishing boat coming alongside selling the catch of the day.
Fair winds…
Bernd

Architecture – Flensburg

Dear all,
I am again and again astonished by the changing architecture here in this town. Flensburg is definitely a multi-cultural city with quite some history and very good infrastructure for sailors – in summer  as well as in winter.
Fair winds…
Bernd

Shaft Shark on its way…

Shaft Shark Illustration

Dear all,
to enhance safety on board we are going to install a robe cutter on our propeller shaft to cut off any lines, wires, plastic, etc. to keep the propeller free of debris and therefore spinning. There are numerous examples of catching lines while at sea and before jumping into the water to free the propeller, I hope, that this first level risk mitigation will do its job and jumping into the water remain a pure pleasure event. Delivery is from US and let’s cross fingers it will arrive sometime next week, ready to be installed at our upcoming March haul out.

The US Post tracking system works well up to now and it is interesting that the parcel is routed via Jamaica originating from Newport/RI – the US Sailing mecca. Let’s cross fingers it will arrive sometimes next week, which is the promise given.
Fair winds…
Bernd

Winter sailing…

Spotted during today's walk into town...

Fusion Food / 🇮🇳 & 🇪🇺

Dear all,
I called the pizza service at my doorstep (Kanalschuppen Flensburg) and was told to wait for 90 minutes to get my dinner – long queue…good for them!
Decided to make my own dish: Tuna Tikka Marsala Pasta 😋
Fair winds…
Bernd

Bunkering Fuel & Water

1.6 km walk to the petrol station

Dear all,
although we still had tanks comfortably filled, I preferred to bunker some fuel and water over the last two days. It all has to be hand carried in canisters as outdoor water supply in the marina is cut-off during winter and weather was not in favour to throw the lines and hop over to the next petrol station, which is only a mile away or so – too much hassle. So I opted for the manual version, 200 liter of water and 184 liter of diesel – hand carried – shall bring us over the next month or two. As there are about ten live aboards here in Flensburg, it is a quite common procedure and all equipment needed is available.
Fair winds…
Bernd

Raining cats and dogs

Dear all,
greetings from Flensburg, it is raining cats and dogs now for three days and enough is enough. Luckily I have got some computer work to complete and inside the boat its dry and cozy. Anyway, looking forward for some dry days and blue sky, not even talking temperature…
Fair winds…
Bernd

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